Squarespace is another blogging platform that is not self hosted, but has a subscription cost. One of the biggest benefits of Squarespace is that it has a commerce function built in, so if you’re a blogger with a shop, then this may be a good solution for you.
To get your site started, you just need to choose a layout, then provide a few basic details.
The dashboard is simple and beautiful to use – not just for actually creating the content, but amending your layout is super easy too – you’ll have a live preview which shows you exactly what your changes do to the site – ideal if you’ve got a few choices but don’t want to change the live website.
If you do decide to use Squarespace to create a shop, then it may be useful to know that you can import data from many different sites, including Big Cartel and Shopify, as well as Blogger, WordPress and Tumblr. You can set up stock levels on the site so you’ll never oversell your products, and even be able to set up things like different shipping options and coupons.
To be able to accept orders through a Squarespace account, you’ll need to sign up for a Stripe account and be based in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands or Spain.
Packages start from $10/month, or $96/year, which will also get you a domain name included.